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Ruined Linga Temple of the Chandella period, Dinai.

Ruined Linga Temple of the Chandella period, Dinai.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(687)

Item number: 1003687

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of a 'ruined linga temple' of the Chandella period was taken by Joseph David Beglar c.1871-72 and is part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections (Indian Museum Series). Beglar wrote in his report of a tour of Bundelkhand and Malwa in 1871-72. , "The Hindu temple is in ruins, a few of the pillars alone standing in situ.." The temple is Shivaite and it still housed a linga when Beglar visited. Built to a cross design, the temple has no tower and its roof is built in a unusual manner. Usually, Indian temples are constructed in a typical corbelled style forming a pyramid shape. Instead the roof of this temple is flat, fashioned by laying stones across architraves held up by pillars. This can clearly be seen in this photograph.

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